Found January 09, 2013 on Football Nation:
In the latest edition of “Football Nation Today,” Alex talks about the latest news around the world of the NFL:1st Down: Alex briefly talks about the top storylines from last weekend’s wild card games, including how shocked he is that so many national football pundits are letting Mike Shanahan off the hook for his handling of Robert Griffin III last Sunday.  Shanahan was negligent and irresponsible in his handling of Griffin over the past month, Alex says, and it cost the Redskins the game last Sunday.Looking ahead to this week’s divisional match-ups, Alex talks about what he thinks the most underplayed storyline in football is: Peyton Manning’s track record of choking in the postseason. Alex also says Matt Ryan has the most pressure on him out of any playoff QB, the Texans don’t have the mentality to compete with the Patriots and he tries to prognosticate the stellar Packers/49ers game.2nd Down: The NFL coaching carousal was in the headlines again this week, with Chiefs and Bills h...
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